Colonial Glory And World War 1 Reality - British Field Marshal John French

Despite the violence of the colonial era, Great Britain was not prepared for the sheer volume of casualties in the Great War. British Field Marshal John French was one of the first to direct Britain's fight, but he was dismissed when the public realized the true cost of the conflict. An insightful biography helps scholars understand the public's expectations around the Great War and connect their study of World War I to military engagements in the British colonial era. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use video biography to connect colonialism to the Great War 
  • Offer as research on key figures during World War I
Classroom Considerations

  • Content presumes class has an understanding of  British colonialism
  • Part of Who Did What in World War I? series
Pros

  • Narrative makes correlations between colonialism and World War I
  • Short video length makes it easy to adapt to a variety of classroom uses
Cons

  • Video may lose some learners' attention
Common Core